Salads are the perfect light meal to enjoy any time of the day, and this recipe makes what could very well end up becoming your new favorite salad. It makes a summer blueberry cucumber salad with toasted pecans and a homemade olive oil dressing that’s made with lemon juice and honey.
How to Make a Summer Blueberry Cucumber Salad
Here’s how to make both the blueberry cucumber salad and the homemade olive oil dressing:
- Begin combining the ingredients. Add the cucumber slices, blueberries, sweet onion slices,chopped fresh mint and toasted and chopped pecans to a large bowl.
- Prepare the olive oil mixture. Add the lemon juice, olive oil and honey to a small bowl and whisk to combine.
- Season. Season the olive oil mixture with salt and black pepper to taste.
- Pour. Pour the olive oil mixture over top of the salad.
- Toss. Toss the salad to coat.
- Serve. Serve the summer blueberry cucumber salad immediately.
(Also try: Strawberry Spinach Salad)
3 Reasons Why You Should Eat More Salads
Salads are amazing for several reasons – they’re quick and easy to prepare, they’re super yummy and they’re loaded with health benefits. With that in mind, here are 3 reasons why you should be eating more salads:
- Loaded with essential vitamins and minerals. Both fruit and vegetable salads are absolutely jam packed with essential vitamins and minerals. This particular blueberry cucumber salad is a great source of antioxidants, vitamin C, dietary fiber, vitamin K and more.
- Low in calories (or high if you’d prefer). Since salads typically use low carb fruit and veggie options, they tend to be rather low in calories. With that being said, if you’re looking for a heartier salad, you can easily make your salads a lot more calorie dense by including protein sources like egg, shrimp or chopped nuts.
- Helps to protect against disease. Leafy greens and antioxidant-rich fruit like blueberries have been shown to help protect against disease. It’s a combination of antioxidants, dietary fiber and being loaded with micronutrients that helps to keep inflammation down, lower high blood pressure, and ward off the damage caused by harmful free radicals that all contribute to protecting against chronic inflammatory diseases.
Cucumber Salad Alternatives
How to Store Homemade Salads for Maximum Freshness
Here are a few quick and easy to remember tips for storing your salads and keeping them as fresh as possible:
- Keep the salad and dressing stored separately.
- Keep both the salad and the homemade olive oil dressing sealed up tightly inside of airtight containers.
- Most homemade salads will typically keep for 3 to 5 days when stored in the fridge.
- Depending on the ingredients used, homemade dressings will usually keep for up to 3 to 4 days (or potentially up to a week if they’re vinaigrette based).
Summer Blueberry Cucumber Salad with Toasted Pecans
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 10 minutes
- Yield: 4 1x
- 2 cucumbers, peeled and sliced
- 1 small sweet onion, sliced
- 2 cups blueberries
- ½ cup pecans, toasted and chopped
- ¼ cup chopped fresh mint plus extra for decoration.
- 3 tbsp lemon juice
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp honey
- salt and black pepper to taste
- In a large bowl add the cucumber, blueberries, onion, mint and pecans.
- In a small bowl add the lemon juice, olive oil, honey and whisk to combine.
- Season to taste with salt and black pepper.
- Pour the olive oil mixture over the salad.
- Toss to coat and serve.